|Barked: Sun Feb 18, '07 2:26pm PST |
|We (auntie and uncle) are taking both Gio and Toki back to their parents in Taiwan in late June. We will also be attending their wedding, so this is basically our wedding gifts to them. Their Ma&Pa had to leave their babies behind because Taiwan animal import law adapted new quarantine rules (similar to UK) in 2006 and when we found out about the new law it was way too late for us to start the import permit process (6 mos. prior to departure).
Currently we have a flight from DC to San Francisco (United), stay in San Francisco overnight, then off to Taiwan from there the next day (United, Boeing 777). We did call and make pet reservations for both of them, got our import permit, just waiting for the BIG day.
Dogster has been our biggest help so far -- we are still nervous, because this is our first flight together, but we've learned so much!
We don't worry much about Gio -- maybe it's the age, but he is a seasoned traveller (at least in cars.) and checks out his Sherpa bag once in a while for a nap. We are EXTREMELY worried about Toki, though.
I just measured her, and she's about 16 inches long (from top of her head to tailbone) and 14 inches tall when she stands up (not including her head) -- this might be an inch or two off because she's keep running away from me every time I hold out the measuring tape.
United's bag size restriction is: 17x10x8inch. No weight restrictions, though.
No, she definitely is not comfortable in a small size Sherpa bag. Do you think she can travel in cabin with us in a medium bag? When worst comes to worst, I guess we will have to send her cargo/checked baggage, but we would really like to take her on board with her brother. (I'd rather travel in cargo and have her sit on my seat instead)
I've read posts here that the pups sometimes behave on board like the way they are in a car. The thing is, Toki refuses to sit still in a car trip! Toki always wants to sit on the "driver's lap" and would not stay still for a long time.
We still have some time before we leave, so if you have any suggestions to better Toki's travel experience, we would really appreciate it.
Oh, and the last thing, this is our first trip to San Francisco and we are SO excited! We hardly can wait! What places would you recommend us to visit with the pups for our last day together? Is there a dog-friendly travel guidebook you use? They will go straight to the quarantine as soon as we land in Taiwan and we will not be able to see them before we leave
We appreciate all your comments in advance. Thank you so much for reading such a long post! Have a great Sunday! (arf! arf!)
Edited by author Sun Feb 18, '07 2:29pm PST
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